When his best friend is murdered in pursuit of jewel smugglers, customs agent
Cliff Holden (Dean Jagger) finds himself assigned to track down the killers and close the case.
He flies to Europe in order to catch a return flight on which a chief suspect (Réné Paul) will be traveling.
June 14, 2011 Subject:
Real even if cheap noir
Cheaply made in New York and cast with (to me) unknowns, this short black-and-white crime drama is true noir. Hand-held camera, wild score, grainy shots of streets after dark, sordid rooms, vicious low-lifes, evil women, endless betrayals, deceptions, beatings and killings, an incorruptible and indefatigable hero and a glamorous foreign woman who turns out to be both genuine and his. What more can you want?
May 26, 2011 Subject:
C-Man...heh heh, heh heh.
Good thing this wasn't a buddy picture, or it would have been called C-Men.
May 23, 2011 Subject:
Your Customs Service at work
A low-budget crime drama with a convoluted plot which often makes no sense. You can be forgiven for thinking they made this one up as they went along. Stars Dean Jagger. A fine character actor in films like "Twelve O'clock High," here he is badly miscast as a hard-bitten government cop. John Carradine appears in a minor role. Uneven pacing and mediocre direction complete the picture.
Not much of a flick, nevertheless it's worth viewing as an example of how the Production Code often was ignored following WW2, resulting in tougher and more explicit crime films like this and "Pickup on South Street." It also is an example of realism being enhanced through on-location shooting, which didn’t get into full-swing until after the war.
Watchable print appears to be a VHS transfer. If you view it with the GOM or VLC players, reducing the contrast helps.